Ikeja - The Lagos State Government on Monday said it would begin the arrest of professional drivers operating in the state without certification from the Lagos State Drivers Institute as from April 22.
Kayode Opeifa, the Commissioner for Transportation, said this at the flag-off of the 2013 Safety Week of the state's Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) in Ikeja.
Opeifa said the Traffic Law made it an offence for professional drivers to operate without the right certification, noting that employers of erring drivers would also be arrested.
The commissioner said the government had given enough grace for drivers to obtain the certification, and that those who did not comply would be fined between N50 000 and N250 000, on being arrested.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Traffic Law, enacted on Aug 2, 2012, requires professional drivers to obtain certification from the institute before operating.
Opeifa said: "we are focusing on voluntary compliance; for over six months, we have been sensitising the public on drivers’ documentation exercise.
``We will commence enforcement after the VIS week, precisely on April 22. Drivers with Guinness, Dangote and other corporate organisations are advised to comply, as there will be no waiver.
"It is a fact that drivers have the responsibility to be properly trained, licensed and most importantly, be physically and mentally fit, before going on the roads.
``Most accidents recorded on our roads daily are as a result of human error that could be avoided, if necessary precautionary measures are put in place".
Speaking on the VIS Safety Week, Opeifa said it was part of efforts to sensitise drivers on the need to drive safely and reduce accidents on the roads.
He said the government had acquired some multi-lingual training materials in the major indigenous languages, to facilitate the training of drivers.
Opeifa restated the government's commitment to ensuring safety on the roads, saying it had adopted many strategies, including the Traffic Law, to demonstrate this.